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SALARY SCALE: £29,853 – £38,951 GRADE: UE07

The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World is seeking to appoint an Outreach Post-Doctoral Fellow to assist in the implementation of its Outreach Programme and its Research activities in the field of Islamic Civilisation. This term is broadly understood, so that it could include any aspect of Science (e.g. mathematics, geography, or astronomy), Medicine, Art (e.g. calligraphy) and Architecture, Philosophy, Literature, or any other aspect of
culture, including the transmission of knowledge from the World of Islam to other cultures.

Context: the Alwaleed Centre

The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World ( is a new Centre within the University of Edinburgh, devoted to outreach and knowledge transfer in the field of Islamic Studies. It is part of a network of Centres established by the HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation, currently two in the United States (Harvard and Georgetown), two in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh and Cambridge), and two in the Middle East (the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo), which are devoted to the improvement of mutual understanding between the Muslim World and the West. The Centre’s Director is Professor Hugh Goddard.

The six key objectives of the Centre are:

  • To improve radically knowledge and understanding of Islamic civilisation and of Muslims in Britain among policy-makers, the general public, and students of all ages in the UK through a comprehensive
    educational outreach programme, and by helping to integrate the study of Islamic civilisation into the school curriculum
  • To advance tolerance, mutual understanding and cross-cultural dialogue between Islam and the West by building new partnerships with institutions in the Muslim world, and with mosques and madrasas within the UK
  • To foster intellectual curiosity and build educational excellence among young Diaspora Muslims in the United Kingdom
  • To create the UK’s leading resource for expertise on Islam in the modern world, based on the integration of the study of Islamic civilisation and issues relating to Islam in modern Britain
  • To produce, on a self-sustaining basis, a world-class cadre of researchers at the postgraduate and post-doctoral levels by providing studentships and fellowships designed to feed into the next generation of academics as well as the public and private sectors
  • To establish a model partnership network with Muslim and other universities around the world, both within and outside the Arab world, that creates new opportunities for knowledge transfer and fosters collaborative research

To realise these objectives, outreach activities, at the local, national and international levels, such as conferences, workshops, lectures, study days, summer schools, roadshows, and courses, for policy-makers, business leaders, the media, teachers, students of all ages (including in schools), and members of the public are planned, with a focus on (a) Islamic civilisation; (b) Muslims in Britain; and (c) the relationship between the Muslim World and the West.

Job description

The Centre is now seeking to appoint an Outreach Post-Doctoral Fellow to assist in the implementation of its Outreach Programme and its Research activities in the field of Islamic Civilisation. This is a fixed (three year) appointment, which would be ideal for a recent PhD graduate. The successful candidate will be expected to be Edinburgh-based, and to contribute to the Centre’s Outreach Programme, in schools, among the general public, and among policy-makers and the media, through lectures and presentations at study days, in conferences and symposia, in summer schools, both within and beyond the university, and also through the preparation of material for the Centre’s website. He/she will also be expected to conduct and present research on Islamic Civilisation, and to contribute to the development of the Centre’s website, in collaboration with the Outreach Projects Manager (Mr Tom Lea) and the Administrative and Outreach Officer (Ms Rosie Mellor). The approximate time allocation for the Fellowship is 70% research and 30% outreach, and there may also be opportunities to contribute to teaching within the university.

Essential qualifications

  • A PhD on a relevant topic
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Good organisational skillsAbility to work in a team
  • Enthusiasm for communicating to a wide variety of audiences
  • Diplomacy, including religious, cultural and political sensitivity
  • The ability to work to deadlines
  • Prioritisation of tasks and conflicting deadlines
  • A willingness to be flexible and work non standard hours, if required
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally, potentially at short notice

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience in explaining research to a wide variety of audiences, both within and beyond a university context.
  • Knowledge of a relevant language (e.g. Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Urdu)
  • Experience in designing material for websites
  • Experience of working with the media

Start-date: 1st October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter


The University of Edinburgh has been instrumental in shaping history for over 400 years. An exciting, vibrant, research led academic community we offer opportunities to work with leading international academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world. Our 22 Schools, spread across 3 Colleges, offer over 350 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate courses to
more than 20,000 students each year. As a member of staff, you will not only be part of one of the World’s top Universities, but also part of one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 10,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

Salary: Appointment will be made on grade UE07, current salary scale £29,972 – £35,788 per annum.

Application procedure

We encourage applicants to apply online at You will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit your CV and letter of application as attachments.

If you do not have access to a computer you can call the University’s recruitment line on 0131 650 2511 for an application pack. This will be posted to you to complete and return. If using this method, please return your application materials to Professor Hugh Goddard, The Alwaleed Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 16 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Hugh Goddard, the Director of the Alwaleed Centre (

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Closing date: 1 August 2011

The interviews for the Post-Doctoral Fellowships will be held on Thursday 1st September 2011. Candidates invited for interview will be required to make a short presentation on their research plans, and on the contribution which they could make to the Centre’s Outreach Programme.

If you have not heard from us by Thursday 25th August you can assume your application was unsuccessful.

Footnote: These particulars are issued by Human Resources, 9-16 Chambers Street, Edinburgh. They are intended to represent an accurate description of the duties at the time of writing, although this accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The University reserves the right to vary these particulars or make no appointment at all. Neither in part nor in whole do these particulars form any contract between the University and any individual.

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